2015 Mas de Sainte Croix "Tendresse d'un Climat" Côtes-du-Rhône Villages

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Jacques Coipel worked in the petrol industry until 2002 when he decided to change career paths and enter the wine business. He purchased an exceptional site in the Cotes du Rhone Village Cru of Valreas. His vineyards sit at around 1200 feet with a mix of clay, limestone and gravel making up the soils. With cooling winds from the north and at this higher altitude, there is a crispness to the wines showing more red fruit qualities in the reds and more vibrant apple tones in the whites. Around the same time Jacques's son, Julien, began studying winemaking working in Switzerland and New Zealand (with Te Mata, one of our favorites). Julien returned to Ste. Croix in 2010 and began working on the wine with his father. Julien's lighter but technical touch makes for wines that are great expressions of the Valreas terroir. The "Tendresse" is equal parts Grenache and Syrah with notes of raspberry coulis, ripe cherries and aromas of alder wood. The wine picks up density and weight as it opens showing more peppery and Asian spices and sweeter riper fruit. This is a polished Cotes-du-Rhone with a beautiful rhythm that will continue to evolve in your glass. Right now, it is perfect for all grilled fare, whether it be some savory spiced lamb chops or herb crusted pork chops.

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2017 | Send Email
Moving from a career in unpalatable petrol to mouthwatering wine over a decade ago proved a very good move for Jacques Coipel, and he and his winemaker son Julien have carried forth with exceptional vintages in the high altitude, cooler vineyards above Valreas. This is a lovely, fragrant and appealing Villages wine that balances ripe red fruits with darker notes of blackberry and licorice, embraced by savory spices, refined tannin and notes of forest floor and garrigue. A charmer, it will complement a dish of grilled, seasoned lamb burgers.

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Rhone Blends

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France

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Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.